Monday, August 21, 2017

Hamstead




Director: Joel Hopkins
Starring: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson,James Norton, James Smythe

This is a gentle feel good love story based on a true story of Harry Hallowes and set in modern London. Emily Walters (Diane Keaton), is a widow struggling with debt after the demise of her philandering husband. Concerned friends and son (James Norton) try to help her but only after she meets Donald (Brendan Gleeson), a bad-tempered hermit living in a handmade shack on wooded Hampstead Heath, does her life change for the good. The mismatched pair bond as they work to protect Donald’s living quarters from being repossessed. Despite the on-screen chemistry between the two leading actors a weak script prevents this film from becoming a classic English comedy. At 103 minutes the movie is overlong, but a good support cast, particularly from James Smythe, as a creepy Lothario, makes it all worth watching.

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